NEW DELHI, Oct 7 � The Centre has written to states asking them to promote self-attestation of documents in place of notarised and gazetted officer-signed affidavits required for majority of government-related works, reports PTI.
Terming it a good governance initiative, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh today said introducing a single, self-attested affidavit would go a long way in simplifying processes and revolutionising governance in the country.
�It is one of the good governance initiatives taken by the government. We are promoting self-attestation of documents in place of affidavits. We have written to states and sought their views too,� Singh said.
The government is yet to come out with an official order in this regard. �The intent of declaration has been made very clear. We cannot give any timeline for it (implementation of self-attestation of documents),� Singh told reporters here after inaugurating a two-day symposium on �Excellence in Public Service and Public Administration� here.
He said the government need to focus on maximising and simplifying governance. �It has been our endeavour to ensure maximum governance and minimum government. We will continue to simplifying government processes,� the Minister said.
At present, an individual has to spend about Rs 200-500 to get a notarised affidavit, whereas, getting a certificate or affidavit from a gazetted officer remains a herculean task for the common man, especially those living in remote areas of the country.